From Middle English clippen, cleppen, clüppen, from Old English clyppan (“to hug, embrace, cherish, clasp”), from Proto-Germanic *klupjaną. Cognate with Old Frisian kleppa, klippa (“to hug, embrace”).
clip (third-person singular simple present clips, present participle clipping, simple past and past participle clipped)
- To grip tightly.
- To fasten with a clip.
- (archaic) To hug, embrace.
- (slang) To collect signatures, generally with the use of a clipboard.
clip (plural clips)
- Something which clips or grasps; a device for attaching one object to another.
- An unspecified but normally understood as rapid speed or pace.
- (obsolete) An embrace.
- A frame containing a number of bullets which is intended to be inserted into the magazine of a firearm to allow for rapid reloading.
- A projecting flange on the upper edge of a horseshoe, turned up so as to embrace the lower part of the hoof; a toe clip or beak.
- (fishing, Britain, Scotland) A gaff or hook for landing the fish, as in salmon fishing.
From Middle English clippen, from Old Norse klippa (“to clip, cut the hair, shear sheep”). Cognate with Icelandic klippa (“to clip”), Swedish klippa (“to clip”), Danish klippe (“to clip”).
clip (third-person singular simple present clips, present participle clipping, simple past and past participle clipt or clipped)
- To cut, especially with scissors or shears as opposed to a knife etc.
- To curtail; to cut short.
- (dialectal, informal) To strike with the hand.
- To hit or strike, especially in passing.
- (American football) An illegal tackle: Throwing the body across the back of an opponent's leg or hitting him from the back below the waist while moving up from behind unless the opponent is a runner or the action is in close line play.
- (signal processing) To cut off a signal level at a certain maximum value.
- (computer graphics) To discard (an occluded part of a model or scene) rather than waste resources on rendering it.
- (computer graphics, transitive, intransitive) (Of a camera, character model, etc.) To move (through or into) (a rendered object or barrier).
- (computer graphics, ergative) To move the camera, a character model, or another object (through or into a rendered object or barrier).
- To cheat, swindle, or fleece.
clip (countable and uncountable, plural clips)
- Something which has been clipped from a larger whole:
- The product of a single shearing of sheep.
- A season's crop of wool.
- A section of video taken from a film, broadcast, or other longer video
- A newspaper clipping.
- An act of clipping, such as a haircut.
- (uncountable, Geordie) The condition of something, its state.
- (informal) A blow with the hand (often in the set phrase clip round the ear)